Spurs President Jack Diller denied a TV station report
yesterday that the Spurs were considering a move to New Orleans.
Diller told the San Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS:  "Absolutely not.  I
was in touch with Superdome officials [Thursday] but that was in
reference to a proposed visit to the new facility being built in
Tampa Bay.  I had planned to visit that arena, much the same as
I've visited the new playing arenas around the country.  The
Superdome officials have the contract to manage the Tampa Bay
facility.  However, the Tampa bay arena is not at a ready enough
stage now to look at it."  Diller, acknowledging that the team
has received numerous offers from other cities:  "We're not
interested.  Right now we are looking at how to make the
Alamodome work or way to keep the team in San Antonio."  But
sources "close to the situation" say the Spurs did receive a
"very viable" $150M offer from a New Orleans group, but that
talks had "closed off" about a week ago (Glenn Rogers, San
Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS, 2/2).  San Antonio station KENS-TV cited
unidentified sources who say Spurs execs have spoken with
officials in New Orleans about team playing in a new $84M arena
with 40 luxury suites.  Construction on the New Orleans facility
is scheduled to begin in June.  The Spurs have only 11 luxury
suites at the Alamodome.  While Diller also told KENS the club
"is not looking to move," he did  say the team is "displeased
with the Alamodome" and cited the fact that it was built for
football.  The Spurs have a 10-year lease that expires in 2004
(ESPNET, 2/2).
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